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Old 08-25-2013, 05:22 PM   #1
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question on tv antenna

Hey Guys, new to camping, just bought a 2002 salem lite, I have questions on the tv reception, I have a newer 19inch tv, maybe 3 years old, when i crank the antenna up on the camper, and screw the cable on, I get nothing, I know that that is old stuff, and analog and the new way is digtial, question I have is do I need a new antenna head, or a convertor box to the back of my tv, I know I can go ask someone in the rv service shop, but I am sure thay would tell me the expensive way, thought I would ask you all, Thanks for helping a newbe out....
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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There is nothing in the RV which cares about analog vs digital unless its the TV itself. If the TV is only three years old, I would expect it to be digital. If you put something like rabbit-ears on it do you get local stations?

There is normally a "booster control plate" in the RV which turns on the antenna booster and connects the antenna to your TV outlets. It looks something like this:

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Push the little black button in and the green LED should light up. Of course you also may need to rotate the antenna so that it's pointing to the local transmitters (eg, arms stretched out 90 degrees on either side if the transmitter location).

Give those things a try and let us know what happens.
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:19 PM   #3
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So, there is a crank to crank it up, the other round part is to turn the antenna, I am sorry for sounding stupid, but I guess I am !!!
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:22 PM   #4
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Aim it the best you can toward the broadcast antenna for the broadcast antenna direction you can ask the park you are in or try this link.

AntennaPoint.com - Antenna Locator.

point your antenna in the direction of the most channels (need compass) and then scan channels with your TV. If you have a digital TV it will look for them in the scan. Thats it. if that doesn't work, you may need a settop box. Remember to turn the signal amplifer on.
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:31 PM   #5
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Take a look at this YouTube video.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:50 PM   #6
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i'm sure with a 2002, you have a Wineguard crankup antenna. getting that up and directed, making sure the black button is pushed in and lit green, is where you start.
but you have to go to the tv's menu and put it on Air, not Cable and then do a channel search.

there really is no such thing as a HD or digital antenna, that's any better than a regular antenna.
i get great HD broadcasts on my tv, using a plain old rabbit ears antenna.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:06 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone, I learned a bunch, I get a channel in my area very clear, all this was do helpful, I am so glad I found you guys, again thank you all you guys for responding !!!
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Glad you got things going! That was a great video.

If you don't already have it, you should try to add the Winegard Wingman to your antenna. That can improve your reception of UHF signals a lot. It is trivial to install it.
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is that something that i need to change on the antenna itself, how hard to do is that...
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:43 PM   #10
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It's an add on, supper easy DIY
The hardest part is getting on your RV.

All RV stores should have it.
Here's a link to Camping World.
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/winegard-wingman/44021

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